With college basketball between Missouri and Kansas still flippantly referred to as “Border War”, and students at KU parading John Brown signs at KU basketball games, it’s interesting to consider why Kansas University continues to make use of the “Jayhawk” as a symbol of “higher learning”. Considering the “Jayhawker” during the actual Border War and War for Southern Independence was a murdering group of unprincipled men who robbed and killed their way through many Missouri and Kansas Communities – it can only be that Kansas University hopes that no-one remembers or cares about the innocent people who died at the hands of the “Jayhawker”. Besides, the “Jayhawk” today is quite marketable, with lots of bumper stickers, and plush stuffed animals.
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